Karl Pitts (Letters, May 23) nailed it. The Herald editorial board's suggestion that the previous Reach CEO bears some responsibility for Bechtel's withdrawal of support for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is misplaced.
The only constant in the Reach story has nothing to do with Kimberly Camp and everything to do with small-town politics and a few shortsighted community "leaders" who have gotten in the way of what could be a real cultural showpiece and economic engine for the Tri-Cities.
From its inception, the project was conceived to be on par with the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., and other world-class facilities. Millions of dollars in public and private funds were donated to tell the story of the Ice Age floods and the Hanford Reach, just as the Museum of the Rockies tells its story of dinosaurs in Montana.
The new management team should remember that those donations came with real strings attached. If the project won't deliver what was promised, we may very well see other donors withdrawing their pledges as well.
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I hope those in charge will think long and hard about the kind of effect this could have on other community projects in the future should the Reach become the private-public partnership equivelant of the Washington Public Power Supply Systems' bond default.
CYNTHIA SHAW, Richland